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How is the job market in the NYC area?


How is the job market in the NYC area?

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Hi everyone,
I am new here but not new to SQL Server, worked in a mix of DBA/Developer/Architect role until I recently got laid off.
I am planning to relocate to the NYC area for personal reasons. Wondering what the job market there is like? They say good DBAs are needed everywhere but I am wondering if NYC is a tough market because there are so many people living there (competition)? Thanks in advance to anyone out there who knows!
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SQLServer Guy (6/21/2013)
Hi everyone,
I am new here but not new to SQL Server, worked in a mix of DBA/Developer/Architect role until I recently got laid off.
I am planning to relocate to the NYC area for personal reasons. Wondering what the job market there is like? They say good DBAs are needed everywhere but I am wondering if NYC is a tough market because there are so many people living there (competition)? Thanks in advance to anyone out there who knows!


Does it really matter? It sounds like you're going to make the move no matter what the job market is.

If I were in such a position, Step 1 for me would be to sharpen up my resume. Step 2 would be to get on the internet and contact every recruiting agency I could find especially those that advertise being "IT-centric".

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Jeff sounds interesting, u should do instead.
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Aadhar Joshi (6/22/2013)
Jeff sounds interesting, u should do instead.


I've already done it. Wouldn't have recommended it unless I tried it and it worked. That's why I currently have my dream job so close to home that I could ride a unicycle to work without the need of chaffing powder. :-P

The key is going to be the resume. I'm here to tell you that you really only do have 15 seconds to be put in the "let's talk" pile by most prospective employers. For starters, you'd better have a good, job oriented "Objective" instead of the touchy-feely stuff I see on a lot of resumes (if one was included at all and you better have one). If the Objective looks like a sentence, then you've done it wrong. Having a brief or even extended job history is nice but tells me nothing of what you really did. When I interview people, I want to know if they made a difference or not in their previous jobs and, if they did, how they made a difference. I wrote my resume with that same thought in mind.

Of course, you'd better be able to back up what you have on the resume during the interview.

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Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
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Yes, the DBA/DB development market in NYC is tough, and majority of openings are consulting/contractors/temp. But the good news is that pay is usually higher than in most of other parts of the country. Because NYC is financial center, majority of positions require some experience with finances. You also can extend your search to Jersey City, as it is close to Manhattan and there are plenty of financial companies there as well.
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